Friday, January 19, 2018, 8:00am

5TtRT: Trump’s inauguration funds, a government shutdown, health, a progressive South, & drug companies

This is Elle King‘s Ex’s & Oh’s, a song Jim introduced me to, and it’s a hoot.

Anyway, today’s big drama is a looming government shutdown and depending on who you read, it’s definitely gonna happen or it’s definitely not gonna happen. Most news agencies and political reporters seem to think a shutdown won’t last very long if it does happen but honestly, people are guessing at this point. Good luck, folks.

5 Things to Read Today

USA Today: A record $107 million was raised for Trump’s inauguration. So where did it all go? No one will say.
“Nearly a year after President Trump’s inauguration, the committee that raised a record $106.7 million for the event has not disclosed how much surplus money it still has or provided a final accounting of its finances.”

Vox: Trump is wrong. A government shutdown won’t devastate the US military.
“If the shutdown lasts only a day or two, military personnel probably won’t notice any major changes to their day-to-day work, says Byron Callan, a defense budget expert at Capital Alpha Partners. But if the shutdown lasts longer — stretching into weeks — that’s a different story.”

NPR: Sugar And Sleep: More Rest May Dull Your Sweet Tooth
“Listen up, night owls: If you’re sleeping six or fewer hours per night, you’re not doing your health any favors. A new study finds that getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night may help you tame your sweet tooth.”

The Atlantic: When the South Was the Most Progressive Region in America
“Groundbreaking elections in the late 1860s gave birth to real, if short-lived, interracial democracy – the likes of which America had never seen.”

New York Times: Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own
“For years, hospital executives have expressed frustration when essential drugs like heart medicines have become scarce, or when prices have skyrocketed because investors manipulated the market. Now, some of the country’s largest hospital systems are taking an aggressive step to combat the problem: They plan to go into the drug business themselves, in a move that appears to be the first on this scale.”

Daily Cute: Steering is hard.


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